The Importance of Annual Physicals
By Woodridge Clinic
November 19, 2019
Category: Medical
Tags: Annual Physicals  

Seeing your doctor once a year could protect you from a host of health problems.

Do you only see your Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, doctor when there is a problem? If so, then you may want to start considering visiting our team of physicians once a year even when there is nothing wrong. These annual checkups provide you with valuable information about your current health status including any new or emerging health problems that may be reversible and managed with the proper care.

Here’s why everyone could benefit from getting an annual physical,

Get a Full Health Assessment

From lifestyle habits and family history to your age, there are many risk factors that could increase your risk of developing certain health conditions. Therefore, by coming into our clinic once a year for an annual checkup we can perform a wide range of screening tests including,

  • Body mass index (BMI) to ensure that you are maintaining a healthy weight
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Cholesterol screenings
  • Glucose (blood sugar) screenings
  • Osteoporosis screenings (especially important for women over age 65)

Many of these screening tools can help our doctors detect serious issues such as diabetes or heart disease early on before symptoms even appear. Through lifestyle changes, proper diet and exercise, and medication we can help you manage and control any chronic conditions.

Stay Up to Date on Vaccines

Vaccines are beneficial for both children and adults. Once you reach 18 years old you probably don’t think much about vaccines but adults should turn to their doctor to review their vaccine history and to find out if they could benefit from certain immunizations to prevent,

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Pneumonia
  • Flu
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis B

Keep Your Medical Records Updated

It’s amazing how much your health can change in a year. By keeping your medical records up to date you ensure that you are getting the very best and most effective care from our team of primary care physicians whenever you step through our doors. By coming in once a year we can keep updated records on,

  • Allergies
  • Certain medications you are taking (or no longer taking)
  • Lifestyle and social histories (e.g. smoking; alcohol consumption; sexual activity)
  • Mental health
  • Family history

Having updated medical records also means providing you with lifestyle and health recommendations, as well as screenings that could benefit you and reduce your risk for certain conditions.

With offices in Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont, IL, Woodridge Clinic makes it easy for patients of all ages to get the preventive medical care they need. If it’s time for your annual physical exam then call our office today.

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